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Letter to the Editor


Staff and Board of The Arc Shiawassee

1:47 pm

Independent Editor,

It is with great appreciation that we write to members of Owosso and the surrounding communities for the outpouring of support for the Patrick Began for Mr. Owosso 2018 Campaign. We were able to raise $22,067.18, of which $19,860.46 went directly to The Arc Shiawassee in support of their advocacy and support programs for children, teens and adults throughout Shiawassee County that have cognitive, neurological and physical disabilities. The remaining $2,206.72 was donated to the Curwood Festival Committee to assist in the overall cost of providing this annual festival in Owosso.

We would not have been able to exceed our goal of $15,000 without the generous support of our t-shirt sponsors, terrific business in-kind sponsors and the following events: Venue 219 Mr. Owosso kick-off and “Minute to Win It”; the foam party at The Hickory Lounge; trivia night hosted by the Knights of Columbus Trivia Team; Speedy Print for the grocery sweep tickets; Fortitude for the luau; Jumbo’s for the Birthday Bash; Owosso Floral, D’Mars and The Meadows for the flowers; Keith Maike from Main Beverage for donations; Chris Bird and the Owosso Middle School for the Pie-A-Teacher contest; Jim Woodworth from Owosso Iron and Metal Co. for the scrap metal drive; The Meadows for flocking, lunches and the luau; Roma’s Back Door 10 percent of sales day; and the Mr. Owosso Finale. The list of attendees and volunteers is too lengthy to include, but we appreciated having each and every one of you there!

We do want to express a special thank you to the family and friends of Patrick and The Arc Shiawassee staff and board. Our efforts could not have been promoted without the amazing support that we received from all of them. Our t-shirt and general donation sponsors included:

• Platinum Sponsors ($1,000): Dr. Ayaz Jafri, Mid-Michigan Dental Center; Andrew Solon AT&T; Brett Roberts for State Senate; David and Marcia Bird.

• Gold Sponsors ($500): Law Office of Patrick Marutiak; Young Chevrolet-Cadillac-Buick-GMC; Tim Midifer Standard Measurement Systems; Brandon Lepior, Landstar agent

• Silver Sponsors ($250 or more): Main Beverage Co.; The Arc Shiawassee Bingo; LAFCU; Thomas Moorehead; William C. Brown; Bill and Margaret Began; Rebecca C. McClear; Grassroots Midwest; CLH Insurance Agency; William C. Brown P.C. Attorney at Law

• Other sponsors: Jana Kurrle; Robert Ashley and Curtis Zaleski; Garth, Anthony and Joyce Chunks; Nancy Balko; William and Madelyn Ryan; Jeffery, Janice and Tori Holyfield; Pat and Lynn Sanderson; Town Tub; Nelson-House Funeral Homes; DayStarr Communications; Steve and Sandy Hall; Kathleen Conklin; Elizabeth Began; Rosemary Bocek; and all families who donated to The Arc Flamingo Flocking.

Even though Patrick did not win this year, we are proud of the positive campaign that we had and our ability to include youth and families in some of the events. Thank you, again, for such a supportive community that enabled us to raise $19,860.46!

Patrick Began

Brian Began, Campaign Chair

Staff and Board of The Arc Shiawassee

Staff and Board of The Arc Shiawassee was last modified: July 2nd, 2018 by Karen Elford